Please take a moment to read through the information below for important HR news and information. As always, you may contact your HR Service Center Representative with questions. You may also contact your Employee Ombudsperson, Cathy Thomas, at 8-3967 or email@example.com.
HR Benefits Team Welcomes Nicole “Nikki” Corley
We welcome Nikki Corley and the benefits administration experience she brings to her new role as HR benefits assistant. Some of Nikki’s responsibilities include answering the telephone, greeting visitors, completing employment verifications, processing PARs and providing excellent customer service.
Update! PAR Reviewers in HR
Questions related to PAR forms should now be directed to Michelle Chase or Nikki Corley. They review PARs in HR before sending them to Payroll. The division of PARs is based on the first letter of the last name of the employee listed on the PAR form.
PARs with employee last names beginning with A – M:
Michelle Chase, 8-3825, firstname.lastname@example.org
PARs with employee last names beginning with N – Z:
Nikki Corley, 8-2808, email@example.com
Leave Requests through J-Ess Replace Most Leave Cards
Thanks and congratulations to Patrick Morrisette, PC Services, for being the first employee to submit a request for leave through J-Ess! Patrick is the lucky recipient of a gift certificate presented by Yohna Chambers, HR Director; Krystal Smith, Leave Coordinator; and Richard Testa, Patrick’s supervisor.
Beginning August 2, all requests for the following leave types must be entered through J-Ess: vacation, sick, sick family, personal day, community service, family/personal, overtime leave taken, compensatory leave taken and recognition leave. HR continues to accept leave cards for other leave types not listed above since these require supporting documentation.
Onboard @ JMU
Please remember to submit an Onboard Form for all newly hired and re-hired employees at JMU, including JMU students working in non-student positions, before the employee begins working. Rehired employees may not require a full onboard session. The Onboard form gives HR the opportunity to review the required paperwork of rehired employees and assess which, if any, forms need to be completed prior to the employee resuming work.
Six Performance Management Reminders
Test Your Knowledge
Question: Classified employee performance evaluations should be signed in what order?
Answer: 3 In accordance with JMU Policy 1305 Performance Evaluation for Classified Staff, the reviewer is responsible for reviewing the performance plan and evaluation before it is presented to the employee and providing the supervisor with appropriate feedback. If the reviewer does not agree with the performance plan and/or evaluation, the reviewer should discuss the areas of concern with the supervisor. Reviewers have the authority to change any part of the performance plan and/or evaluation based on their judgment about the employee’s performance or the supervisory approach to the performance evaluation. The classified employee should be the last person to review and sign their performance evaluation.
"I make a point every morning to stop by each person’s work area to greet them and take a few moments to listen to what may be on their mind. Sometimes it’s a question pertaining to a project, sometimes it’s a request for something, sometimes it’s just to talk about the weather. It really doesn’t matter what we talk about. I just want my employees to know I care for and about them.”
Free Staff/Faculty Training Sessions Offered by Training and Development
August 19: Performance Management Information Sessions for Supervisors of Classified Employees
August 19: Performance Evaluation Information Sessions for Supervisors of A & P Faculty
August 20: Professional Book Club: The Myth of Multitasking
August 20: Building Coordinators Handbook
August 31: DiSC I: Assessment & Introduction
September 1: Performance Management Information Sessions for Supervisors of Classified Employees
September 2: The Planning Database, Copy & Card Services and the Computer Loan Program
September 8: EveryONE Makes a Difference: Difficult Customers
September 9: Individual Professional Development Plan Workshop
September 9: DiSC II: Knowledge and Application
September 14: Stress Management: Normalizing Stress
September 15: 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Series (session 1 of 8) (Registration Closes 9/10/10)September 22: 4th Annual Safety Conference - Safety & You @ JMU
If your department would like customized sessions contact Suzanne Vance, Training Coordinator, at 8-4101 or firstname.lastname@example.org.